Pupils keep a close eye on climate change

Pupils from Park View Infants bird watching in front of the school's solar dome

Pupils from Park View Infants bird watching in front of the school's solar dome

First published in School Report Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

CHILDREN from Park View Infant School have been doing their bit to help the environment and learn more about climate change.

Twelve pupils from each class in Years 2 and 3 have been appointed as “Eco Agents”, and they lead the way within the school, meeting up regularly to discuss the school’s bid to become a “green flag” school under the Eco School programme.

The school is currently recognised as a “silver flag” school after they created an eco action plan and started to study topics associated with the environment.

Teachers are currently working through paperwork in their bid to apply for “green flag” status. A representative from the Eco Schools programme will then visit the school to assess the work that has been done on nine key environmental topics and decide whether to grant their application. Teaching the children about the environment is a key priority and in each term, pupils take part in a different eco challenge with environment-themed prizes given out to the pupils who have made an outstanding effort.

Throughout the summer term, children will be learning about how summer affects the environment and about the opportunities to grow plants, fruits and vegetables.

And an innovative £32,000 solar dome building has proved popular with pupils – it is used for lessons and as a meeting place for the school’s Eco Agents. In addition, it is also used for its greenhouse properties to help grow different plants and flowers.

Laura Wilcock, a sign language communicator who is leading the environmental push at the school, said: “It is really important for the children to have awareness of protecting the environment and not wasting things.

“They are always really keen to get out there and we have a group of Eco Agents which have meetings about the next steps there are for an eco school.”

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